GARDNER SYMONS BIO

Fall Afternoon, c. 1910

18.5 x 22.5 inches | watercolor on paper

On October 27, 1861, Gardner Symons (né George Gardner Simons) was born in Chicago, IL. He began his training at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he befriended fellow student William Wendt (1865-1946). He furthered his education in Munich, Paris and London before working as a commercial artist in Chicago. In 1896, he built a studio near Laguna Beach, CA. He also held studios in New York City and in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He died on January 12, 1930.

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AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

1909 Carnegie Prize, National Academy of Design, NY
1910 Prize, Salmagundi Club
1910 Bronze Medal, Buenos Aires Exposition
1912 Bronze Medal, Corcoran Gallery of Art
1912 Gold Medal, National Arts Club
1919 Prize, National Academy of Design, NY

Chicago Society of Artists
Laguna Beach Art Association
National Academy of Design
Royal Society of British Artists
Salmagndi Club
Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres

 

COLLECTIONS

Art Institute of Chicago
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
Brooklyn Institute of Art and Sciences
Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Cedar Rapids Art Association, IA
Cincinnati Museum of Art
City Art Museum, St. Louis
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Dallas Art Association
Des Moines Art Association
Fort Worth Museum of Art
Hyde Park Art Association, Chicago, IL
Irvine Museum, CA
Lincoln Art Association, NE
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Museum of Art, Erie, PA
Norton Simon Museum of Art
Orange County Museum of Art
Rochelle Art Association, IN
St. Louis Museum of Art
Toledo Museum of Art
Union League Club, Chicago

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 2486.
2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 1086.
Updated 5/2/07.

EXHIBITIONS

1922 6th Annual Exhibition, Concord Art Association

1928 Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles

1921 Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles

1917 Society of Independent Artists

1914-21 California Art Club

1913 Carnegie Institute

1912 National Arts Club

1910-28 Biennials, Corcoran Gallery of Art

1910 Buenos Aires Exposition

1910 Salmagundi Club

1909, 1919 National Academy of Design, NY

1901, 1910-29 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

1901 Boston Art Club

1899-1902, 1909-24 Art Institute of Chicago

1899 Royal Academy, London
 

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